NEW FORTRESS ENERGY, LLC, IS THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE FORTRESS / AAF / BRIGHTLINE CLUB, FORMED ON NOVEMBER 19, 2015.
New Fortress Energy was formed to create “a global (emphasis added) Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) production and distribution business focused on specific end markets, including, but not limited to, Power Generation, Marine, Rail, Oilfield Services and Mining.”
It will enable these “end markets” to “convert their operating assets from diesel or heavy fuel oil to natural gas.” (Sources: Fortress Investment Group, LLC./New Fortress Energy.)
New Fortress Energy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fortress Investment Group, LLC.
It is so new that as of December 9, 2015 it was advertising for a VP, Treasurer.
Let’s stop here for a moment on New Fortress Energy and move to American LNG Marketing, LLC.
On May 29, 2015, another Fortress entity, American LNG Marketing LLC, received authorization from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, (DOF/FE) to export Liquified Natural Gas in a quantity up to 600,000 metric tons of LNG per year, which American LNG Marketing stated is equal to 30.2 cubic feet per year.
LNG will be transported in approved ISO (intermodal) containers (rail mounted), then loaded onto container ships for roll-on/roll-off ocean going carriers for export at the nearby Port Canaveral or other ports in Florida capable of handling such ISO containers including Port Everglades, Port of Miami, Port of Palm Beach and Port of Jacksonville.
ISO LNG Containers
Where will the LNG comer from?
Two natural gas liquefaction plants being built by affiliates of Fortress.
One plant is located in Titusville, Florida (Titusville facility) near the Titusville Logistics Center.
Although in the American LNG Marketing’s DOE/FE request for exporting LNG indicated the Titusville Facility will be constructed by, owned and operated by another Fortress affiliate, TICO Development Partners, LLC (TICO), according to http://gas.org/florida-3/ Florida East Coast Industries, LLC (FECI) won the approval to build the $ 250 million plant.
Matt Davis, FECI’s spokesperson for the Titusville facility told Florida Today “that Titusville is a good location for the plant because it is the center of a growing Aerospace industry (emphasis added.)”
The Titusville Facility is anticipated to have a total production capacity of $ 1,000,000 gallons of LNG per day with a storage capacity of 5,000,000 gallons. This facility was expected to be operation mid 2016.
Then there is American LNG’s construction of yet another natural gas liquefaction plant under in Medley, Florida on the northern portion of the Hialeah Rail Yard (Hialeah Facility.) The Hialeah Facility is primarily leased to FECI, the entity that operates a 351 mile freight rail system between Jacksonville and Miami.
This facility is being constructed, owned and operated by another Fortress affiliate, LNG Holdings, LLC.
The LNG from this facility will also be exported from the Port of Miami, as well as the Port of Everglades, Port Canaveral, Port Palm Beach and Port of Jacksonville. Total production will be 100,000 gallons of per day and a storage capacity of 270,000 gallons.
Port of Miami
The billions of gallons of LNG will be transported over Florida East Coast Industries, LLC’s (another Fortress subsidiary) tracks in Florida for eventual transport to any country with whom the U.S. has or will have a free trade agreement.
So it seems LNG will be transported between the two facilities in ISO containers up and down the 351 miles of FECI rail tracks.
Now back to New Fortress Energy. On the chart above New Fortress Energy is shown under American LNG Marketing, the exporter.
But on the New Fortress Energy website, it indicates it is developing the two plants in Florida, “which will be located near a transportation hub accessible by rail..and will distribute LNG to its network…to deliver LNG to its final destination.”
If you’re still with us, it would seem to us there is an overlap between American LNG as an “exporter” and “New Fortress Energy” as a “distributer.”
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT AMERICAN LNG ASSERTED THAT DOE/FE DOES NOT NEED TO CONDUCT AN ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF THESE FACILITIES BECAUSE IT IS SUBJECT TO A CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION FROM THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT.
Meanwhile, as reported by Alecia Smith-Edwards on November 12, 2015 (Jamaica Information Service) New Fortress Energy LLC, will invest more than $200 million to construct a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in Jamaica.
The facility is expected to generate more than 200,000 metric tones of LNG annually, which will initially be supplied to the domestic market.
There are also plans to expand output for delivery to other Caribbean countries, thereby positioning Jamaica as a regional hub for the supply of LNG.
The terminal, which is to be built, owned and operated by New Fortress Energy, is expected to be completed for commissioning by 2017/2018.
The plant is expected to generate 200,000 metric tons of LNG annually.
Upon commissioning, Jamaica will become the first country, outside the North America Free Trade Zone Agreement to import LNG from the United States.
There are also plans to expand output for delivery to other Caribbean countries, which would position Jamaica as a regional hub for the supply of LNG.
Kelly Tomblin, president and CEO Wes Edens, CEO New Fortress Energy Jamaica’s Energy Company
According to Jamaica’s nationwideradiojm.com (November 11, 2015) New Fortress Energy says it has $ 72 billion in assets. And that they have already won the contract to supply LNG to facilities in Bogue and Old Harbour, Jamaica.
Now to LNG itself.
Even though LNG is nontoxic and odorless, a spill or derailment could be devastating to surrounding areas. When a breach occurs at the plant or during transport, the LNG begins to warm and vaporizes into highly volatile cloud. The cloud may rise and move on the wind or say close to the ground and pool. A “pool fire,” fueled by LNG burns extremely hot and cannot be extinguished, according to the Congressional report, and has the capacity to cause injuries and property damage “a considerable distance from the fire itself” because of “thermal radiation.” (Source: Citizens Against the Train)
“Great, nothing like a little fireball,” said Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams of Boca Raton, whose district includes the railroad that runs parallel to Dixie Highway and U.S. 1.
In April 2014, an unexplained blast at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in William, Washington, injured workers, forced an evacuation and raised alarm about a potentially large second explosion. It caused increased attention on the risk of storing massive gas supplies near population centers (emphasis added.)
Blast at Williams, Washington LNG Plant
A “processing vessel” at the Williams facility exploded, spraying chunks of shrapnel as heavy as 250 pounds as far as 300 yards, according to local emergency responders.
The flying debris pierced the double walls of a 134-foot LNG tank on site, causing leaks. Had a second blast occurred, a county fire department spokesman said it could level a 0.75 mile “lethal zone” around the plant.
“This type of event raises the public’s awareness that we’re dealing with a combustible commodity,” said Teri Viswanath, a natural gas market strategist at BNP Paribas in New York. “We take a lot of precautions in the industry to avoid them, but they do infrequently occur.”
One thing we read over and over is that these plants should not be located in densely populated areas.
The Titusville Facility is 17 miles from the Kennedy Space Center. The Hialeah Facility is 13.5 miles from Balm Beach.
By the way, did you read in Florida Today that yesterday, December 20, 2015 a freight train carrying non-hazardous cargo derailed in Rockledge US 1 causing a locomotive engine and four rail cars to be sent off the tracks. It was only traveling 25 mph, not 125.